A move to adjust the line marking the state’s “inside/outside waters” boundary was approved during last week’s Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.
For most of the past 60 years, the state’s “outside” waters have begun at beaches along the mouths of rivers and the barrier islands and currently are outlined by state statute.
The LWFC’s notice of intent will, according to the post, “update that line and would also allow adjustments to the line through administrative rulemaking, rather than by changes to statute.”
Wildlife and Fisheries managers sought the move because land loss and erosion have changed the current line of demarcation, and this notice, according to the LDWF, will add “approximately 61,000 acres to the state’s outside waters.”
Public comments will be accepted through April 26 with final rule ratification effective Sept. 1. Comments can be sent to Peyton Cagle, Marine Fisheries Biologist DCL-B, Marine Fisheries Section, 1213 North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While recreational and commercial fishermen keep an eye on rising water levels in the Atchafalaya Basin — and the possibility of opening the Bonnet Carre surfaced late last week — heavy rains and floodwaters forced the LDWF to close roads in four major wildlife management areas, to include:
—The main road from Ruby Road Kiosk to Ouachita Parish Landfill on Russell Sage Wildlife WMA;
—Cas-cas Road and North and South Bayou Natchitoches roads on the Grassy Lake WMA;
-Dobbs Bay, Union Point, Lincecum, Blackhawk roads and a portion of Blount Road on the Richard Yancey WMA;
—Sandy Bayou and Muddy Bayou roads on the Dewey Wills WMA.